Galápagos: Life in Motion

Walter Perez (Author) Michael Weisberg (Author)


A lavish photographic celebration that captures the fascinating behaviors of land and sea animals in the Gal pagos Islands

The Gal pagos Islands are home to an amazing variety of iconic creatures, from Giant Tortoises, Gal pagos Sea Lions, Gal pagos Penguins, and Ghost Crabs to Darwin's finches, the Blue-footed Booby, and Hummingbird Moths. But how precisely do these animals manage to survive on--and in the waters around--their desert-like volcanic islands, where fresh water is always scarce, food is often hard to come by, and finding a good mate is a challenge because animal populations are so small? In this stunning large-format book, Gal pagos experts Walter Perez and Michael Weisberg present an unprecedented photographic account of the remarkable survival behaviors of these beautiful and unique animals. With more than 200 detailed, close-up photographs, the book captures Gal pagos animals in action as they feed, play, fight, court, mate, build nests, give birth, raise their young, and cooperate and clash with other species.

Watch male Marine Iguanas fight over territory and females; see frigatebirds steal food and nesting materials from other birds; witness the courtship dance of a pair of Blue-footed Boobies; go underwater to glimpse a Gal pagos Sea Lion pup playing with its mother; and observe a baby Pacific Green Turtle enter the water for the first time. These and dozens of other unforgettable scenes are all vividly captured here--including many moments that even experienced Gal pagos observers may never be lucky enough to see in person.

Complete with a brief text that provides essential context, this book will be cherished by Gal pagos visitors and anyone else who wants to see incredible animals on the move.

-- "Pennsylvania Literary Journal"

Product Details

$35.00  $32.20
Princeton University Press
Publish Date
August 14, 2018
9.1 X 0.9 X 12.3 inches | 2.95 pounds
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About the Author

Walter Perez is a photographer and naturalist who has been working in the Galápagos for two decades. His award-winning photograph of a Great Frigatebird stealing nesting material from a Red-footed Booby, Battle of the Sticks, which is featured in this book, is on permanent display at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus. He lives in Galápagos, Ecuador. Michael Weisberg is a science educator, documentary filmmaker, and philosopher of science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he codirects the Galápagos Education and Research Alliance, which conducts science, education, and conservation initiatives in the Galápagos. He lives in Philadelphia.


"There have been many books produced about Galápagos. This one, however, is particularly delightful, with an intelligent text and stunning photographs. I've enjoyed watching Walter Perez passionately pursue his love of photography during the past decade and this book is proof positive of his dedication."--Sven-Olof Lindblad, president and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions
"Capturing Galápagos wildlife in action--up close and in vivid color--this book will make you want to go to the islands even if you have been before."--Peter Grant and Rosemary Grant, authors of 40 Years of Evolution: Darwin's Finches on Daphne Major Island
"With its amazing and entertaining photographs and precise text, this book brings readers close up to the wonders of the living creatures that evolve in the Galápagos. Well done!"--Arturo Izurieta, executive director of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands
"Every office with a waiting room should have this book on its coffee table, and any living room where guests might have a few moments before or during a party to browse the décor."--Pennsylvania Literary Journal